Aidan Bailey

Aidan H Bailey went to secondary school at Presentation College Bray and Joined Lansdowne Rugby Club in the 1932/33 season when he won a Leinster Senior Cup medal. He won his first cap for Ireland with Lansdowne on the March 10, 1934 against Wales. Aidan Bailey was capped for Ireland at the tender age of 18 years 2 months and 8 days. The youngest ever player to play for Ireland. He was a strong running centre and also played on the wing against England in the 1935 season. He subsequently joined UCD where he gained the remainder of his 13 caps. He played in all three international matches as Ireland won their first Championship since 1899.

Aidan was the first Irishman to ever win points (penalty kick) for Ireland against the All Black in the test match of December 7, 1935 (IRELAND 9 NEW ZEALAND 17, Lansdowne Road), only the 3rd match ever played against New Zealand. First two matches were a white wash. 

Aidan came from a very talented rugby family with his brothers, Jack and Paddy playing for Leinster, whom both received final trials, while Jack sitting on the bench for Ireland on eight occasions. Also Aidan’s nephew, Niall Bailey, got one cap for Ireland in 1952, who lived and played for Northampton. Aidan was capped for Ireland thirteen times, with his last match on Feb 26, 1938 in Murrayfield. It was self retirement at the young age of 22 years of age and who knows what he could have achieved if he continued playing for Ireland.

Player Stats

Position     Centre
First Cap v Wales 10/3/1934
Last Cap v Scotland 26/2/1938
Caps       13